September 25, 2020 UMD Home FabLab AIMLab

Current operation mode:
Phase 1 - Limited Presence

Please check back to this page for updates on NanoCenter and Partner Labs' Operation Status.
Last updated: Fri 08-07-2020 1:18:21 pm

NanoCenter Administration, FabLab, AIM Lab Specific Updates

NanoCenter Adminstration

The NanoCenter Administration staff will be teleworking per the University Guidelines.

FabLab

Staff will be onsite by pre-approved appointment only.

Users permitted into the lab must follow campus mandated restrictions as well as the following guidelines:

  • Researchers must work remotely if they are not approved by the deans to be on campus in Phase 1.
  • The FABLAB will restrict hours from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. There will be NO after-hour or weekend activity.
  • FABLAB Staff will control ALL access to the FABLAB. The card access will continue to be disabled until further notice and researchers will not be allowed in without notice.
  • Researchers must contact FABLAB Staff AT LEAST 24 HOURS in advance.
  • Researchers must provide a complete plan of work including the name(s), date, time, and list of all equipment necessary to the specific FABLAB staff member(s) responsible for the equipment.
  • FABLAB Staff will make reservations on the Scheduler to limit the number in the lab to comply with Covid-19 protocol.
  • Researchers must not come to campus if feeling unwell.
  • Researchers must complete the COVID 19 Employee Screening Checklist for symptom tracking/monitoring prior to coming to campus every day.
  • Researchers must complete the Employee Building Visitation Log daily for contact tracing purposes.
  • Researchers must not come to campus if living with or caring for someone with COVID 19 or if awaiting a COVID 19 test result.
  • Researchers must wear face coverings/masks in university buildings. Please bring your own face coverings.
  • Researchers must practice good hygiene (frequent hand washing) and must clean and disinfect all high contact surfaces.
  • Researchers must abide by the following social distancing restrictions in research spaces: no more than 25% occupancy and not to exceed 1 person/ 200ft2.
  • Social Distancing of 6 feet separation is to be maintained at all times in and around the FABLAB.
    If the occasion arises when distancing cannot be practiced- as during training- it can be for a short time duration of less than one minute only.

AIM Lab

  • The AIM Lab will restrict hours from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. There will be NO after-hour or weekend activity.
  • AIM Lab Staff will control ALL access to the AIM Lab. The card access will continue to be disabled until further notice and researchers will not be allowed in without notice.
  • Researchers must contact AIM Lab Staff AT LEAST 24 HOURS in advance.
  • Researchers must provide a complete plan of work including the name(s), date, time, and list of all equipment necessary to the specific AIM Lab staff member(s) responsible for the equipment.
  • AIM Lab Staff will make reservations on the Scheduler to limit the number in the lab to comply with Covid-19 protocol.
  • Researchers must not come to campus if feeling unwell.
  • Researchers must complete the COVID 19 Employee Screening Checklist for symptom tracking/monitoring prior to coming to campus every day.
  • Researchers must complete the Employee Building Visitation Log daily for contact tracing purposes.
  • Researchers must not come to campus if living with or caring for someone with COVID 19 or if awaiting a COVID 19 test result.
  • Researchers must wear face coverings/masks in university buildings. Please bring your own face coverings.
  • Researchers must practice good hygiene (frequent hand washing) and must clean and disinfect all high contact surfaces.
  • Researchers must abide by the following social distancing restrictions in research spaces: no more than 25% occupancy and not to exceed 1 person/ 200ft2.

Partner Lab Specific Updates

All Partner Labs are operating under Phase 0/Phase 1 Limited Precense Re-opening with additional details stated below.

Surface Analysis Center (Chemistry)

(COVID-19 phase 1 opening 6/11/2020 9 AM)

  • The facility will continue to be open 24/7 to trained users for Raman and AFM.
  • Users must have a reservation to access the laboratory
  • Full service Raman and AFM will be available with modified procedures for sample drop off (see below)
  • XPS will be available, with modified procedures for sample drop off (see below).
  • There will be no new user training during phase 1.
  • Users must complete the COVID 19 employee screening checklist prior to coming to campus each day and the Employee Building visitation log daily.
  • Please wear a mask while in the laboratory
  • Gloves are available for use but optional
  • Maintain social distancing at all times
  • Users must enter and exit the lab within in your reserved time (including sanitizing)
  • Reservations can be made on the Nanocenter scheduler as you usually would
  • Sanitize the computer keyboard, mouse, work areas, room door handle and any other touched areas with Clorox wipes or 70% ethanol wipes or 70% ethanol dampened paper towels (at least one of these options will be supplied by the lab and left in the sample prep area.)

Lab Specific Rules B0127 XPS/RAMAN

Occupancy Limit (758 sqft): No more than three people at any one time

RAMAN USERS
  • Only one user on the Raman at any one time
  • Please use designated sample prep area only to prepare samples
  • Enter the room using your keycard, exit the room using the door to next to the Raman
  • Sanitize the instrument stage/door/laser power keys and any other touched surfaces using the supplies described above.
  • Please wash hands regularly with the soap and water using the sink in the lab.

NOTE: I have put TeamViewer on the Raman computer, if you have trouble with anything give me a call at 240-381-1552. If I am available, I can help you by remote operation or answer any questions you may have. If I am not contactable or not available to help you at that time, email me and we can set up a time.

XPS SAMPLE AND FULL SERVICE RAMAN/AFM SAMPLE DROP OFF
  • Please follow the procedure below for sample drop off;
  • Please drop off samples in box to the right hand side of door with key card access. (B0127, Chemistry building)
  • You must include a fully filled out sample submission form (forms can be found on the SAC website) signed by your advisor (including submission date)
  • Both the samples and submission form should be submitted together in an envelope or bag.

NOTE: If you have Questions Regarding sample prep, email me (kgaskell@umd.edu) and we can set up a zoom meeting.

Lab Specific Rules B0104 – Cypher and MFP3D AFMs

Occupancy Limit (485 sqft): No more than two people at any one time

AFM USERS
  • Only one user per AFM instrument at any one time
  • Please use designated sample prep area only to prepare samples (one for each instrument)
  • Enter the room using your keycard
  • When cleaning the AFM sample holders please use IPA or ethanol and the provided lens paper (not KIM wipes, paper towels or any other wipes) so as not to scratch the optical window and clean gently. Please be careful of electronic areas.
  • For the Cypher also wipe the AFM door handle, screwdrivers, handle to pull AFM out, with supplies described earlier. If you are doing advance measurements which require changing out the sample holder sanitize as necessary. Please be careful with electronic areas.
  • For the MFP3D also wipe the AFM door handle, AFM head stage and any areas touched
  • Please use hand sanitizer regularly (available at each sample prep area)

NOTE: I have put TeamViewer on both the AFM computers, if you have trouble with anything give me a call at work 301-405-4999 or cell 240-381-1552. If I am available, I can help you by remote operation or answer any questions you may have. If I am not contactable or not available to help you at that time, email me and we can set up a time. Also available when at home via zoom.

Users should also adhere to University and Chemistry Department Analytical Facility Guidelines (.pdf, 123.37 KB)

Robotics Realization Lab

ALD NanoStructures Lab (ANSLab)

Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Lab

Chungshen Wang Lab

Environmental Engineering Lab (EEL)

Functional Macromolecular Lab (FML)

The DMA and DSC are back online and available for use on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Metecan Erdi (merdi@umd.edu) to schedule a reservation.

Nanochemistry Lab

NanoMass Core

Research Re-opening Procedures and Guidance Plan

Researchers and PIs who are returning to campus and will be using the FabLab and/or AIM Lab resources should review our Phase 1 Safety Assuredness Procedures & Guidance Plan. This document details procedures staff and users need to adhere to for compliance with campus policies.

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